What’s Good in Tater Town 10/4/20

Here we are. October already. Nothing much has changed. 2020 is still crazy. Let’s find the good.

  1. Dinner with my son last Sunday.
  2. Football on TV
  3. Limited contact with toxic people.
  4. Playoff baseball on TV,
  5. The Braves won their series and will play again this week.
  6. I was able to get the lawn mowed over two days between the rains.
  7. The weather has been generally nice.
  8. Seeing my daughter for the first time in a few weeks.
  9. A full weekend away from work.
  10. My wife didn’t immediately say no to my last plan for quitting my job.

That’s it for the week.

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More Inspiration From Autocomplete

I did this last year. It was fun, so I’m doing it again today. Inspirational messages courtesy of autocomplete.

Today I will have a good time. Today I will be in a few days. Today I will see if I can find a way out.

Tomorrow I will be at the school. Tomorrow I will be at the house. Tomorrow I will have a few more minutes of my life.

You might need a good night. You might have not a fan. You are a great friend.

We have no one else. We have a good time. We have a lot to say.

Success is a big part in our house. Success is a big step in our life. Success is the most days I’ve seen.

Dream of my favorite game of Life. Dream of a new one episode and I don’t have any good time. Dream of a new season and then we will be able.

Achieve success in our house. Achieve the same goal and a lot more than a few more days.

I hope these inspirational words have helped you today.

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My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 10/2/20

It’s October already. How did that happen? I’m glad I changed my reading goal during lockdown. I’m way down this year. Here’s my week.

Movies – We watched two older movies this week. The first was the sequel to The Cutting Edge. In this one the daughter of the original duo is a skater who moves to doubles after an injury. Her partner is a skater she met while on vacation. It’s very similar to the first movie. Not as good, but we enjoyed it. The second movie was Knockaround Guys with Vin Diesel, Seth Green, Barry Pepper and Andy Davoli as the sons of mobsters trying to prove they are ready to take over. It also starred Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich. My wife is a big Diesel fan. I like Seth Green and John Malkovich. It was the perfect storm of actors. We did enjoy the movie. Whatever happened to Barry Pepper?

TV – We watched LA’s Finest and finished the latest season of Lucifer. I finished Hart of Dixie. I really liked that show and would highly recommend it. Masked Singer is back! I tried the new show I Can See Your Voice and have decided it is not worth my time(until Joel McHale is a guest judge) I watched a few episodes of Daybreak on Netflix. It is kind of Ferris Bueller meets the zombie apocalypse. I like it, but it was canceled. I watched a lot of football.

Books – I finished The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I’ve only ever read Zone One, his zombie book. Nickel Boys tells the story of Elwood Curtis, who is sent to the Nickel Academy, a juvenile reformatory. We first see the academy in present day when bodies are being unearthed from the grounds. We meet Elwood before he is arrested, see his time at Nickel and pieces of his adult life. It is very good. The best I’ve read in a while. Read it.

On Deck – Movies will once again be whatever we find on streaming. TV will be more LA’s Finest, Coroner and Transplant. There is a new SNL tomorrow night. I’m very exited about that I’m reading The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed.

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A Quick Update

Just a quickie today to say three things:

I have decided to use NaNoWriMo to try to start a memoir about my time in jail. We will see how that goes. Maybe that is a good enough alternate plan to convince my wife I should quit my job. I’m sure it will be a bestseller and I will be famous and will need all my time to do interviews and such.

I have also changed my Support the Common Tater link. Instead of it linking to our PayPal account that has my wife’s name on it. I have signed up for Ko-Fi. So, click here if you would like to buy me a coffee or something.

Finally, today was one of those strange blip days where I had a weird amount of traffic and I can’t tell where it came from. I will take it.

Happy Thursday!

Why I Was in Jail

I wrote this one a LONG time ago(2008!) and was thinking about how I ended up where I am. This is part of it. The explanation for my long stint in jail. I really think I would have been better off if I had stayed in jail until I retired.

I’ve always loved reading and that likely explains why I like libraries, but has little to do with why I am here.  I decided when I was in 6th grade that I was going to be a teacher.  After that decision was made, I never really thought about doing anything else.  I went off to the University of Kentucky and declared elementary education as my major.  The first couple of education classes were great.  I enjoyed the hour here and there that I spent in the classroom and had good grades in the education classes.  When I got to the semester before student teaching, I was spending 2 days a week at an elementary school.  I quickly realized that I didn’t like kids enough to spend all day in a room full of them and also that I wasn’t very good at teaching them.

The year before this, I needed a part time job.  I put in an application to work at the university library and received a call to go talk to the head of the periodicals department.  She  asked me to go get my application from the library administration before the interview.   The library administration told me my application had been pulled by the circulation department already, so I headed over to get it from them.  The circulation department head told me then that he wanted to hire me and that I would be happier working there than I would in periodicals.  Not really caring about the department, I said OK and accepted the job.  After a year there, I became the Sunday night supervisor.  I really loved the job and the people in the department.

When I reached the crisis point of knowing I could never be a teacher, my adviser saw how much I loved the library and suggested I look into getting an MLS.  I discovered that I was only a few credits away from a degree in communications, so I switched majors, got the BS in Communications and when on to get an MLS from the University of Kentucky.

I worked in market research for a year while getting my degree and started looking for a library job when it was time to move to Maryland for my wife’s job.  My first two library jobs were with a temp agency.  I was placed at a law firm across from the White House for a couple of weeks and then did a week at the World Bank.  My one and only full time job offer was with the Maryland State Correctional System as a contract employee.  I spent a miserable year there and then started looking for a new job with benefits.  I interviewed several places and ended up back in jail, this time with Howard County Library at the county jail.  Thirteen years later, I am still in what at the time I thought would be a nice in between job before getting out of jail for good.

As for why I am still here, part of it is that I have not been offered any other jobs I have applied for in the system, but also because I really do believe I am helping people each and every day.

Ask Me Anything/Where to Find Me the Remix

Since I have a few new followers I will re-post this one. Mainly reposting for the links for where else to find me, but if people want to ask me stuff  I will do a post where I answer those questions. I’m pretty sure last time no one cared enough about anything to ask.

I am going to attempt to do another “ask me anything” post later this week if I get enough questions for a post. So, use the comments to ask me questions. Personal questions, hypotheticals, true/false – ask me and if it’s not too personal and embarrassing I will answer them in a post later this week. Of course, there is a good chance no one cares enough to ask any questions and I will have to resort to either making up my own questions to fill a post. So, ask away!

I will use the rest of the space today to let you know where else you can find me in case I don’t bore you enough here.



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My Weird Spotify Playlist

One day I was cleaning the bathroom while my wife worked from home. I was listening to my playlist on Spotify while cleaning. My wife asked if the music was randomly selected or if I chose it. I told her that I built the playlist. She said that she assumed so because it was too weird to be randomly selected. I just now got around to deciding to let others see my weird “driving music” play list on Spotify. Enjoy.

Tater’s Weird Playlist

Monday Again

Here I am again. Monday morning with an overwhelming sense of melancholy about having to leave the house.

Another Monday morning with no blog post ideas.

I saw on Twitter a discussion of how far in advance people schedule blog posts. There are people out there who have weeks worth of blog posts done and scheduled. I rarely have a blog post scheduled. If I do, it is usually the Wordless Wednesday post where all I am doing is picking pictures to share. I typically get my laptop or iPad and then write what comes to mind. I vomit out my words and hit publish. I’m sure no one is surprised by this.

Scheduled posts would help my Mondays. It’s hard to get in the mood to do much at all before work on Monday morning.


What’s Good in Tater Town 9/27/20

It was a week where I finally decided I needed to make the call to find a therapist was there good? Let’s see.

  1. Ravens football on TV again and they won.
  2. I won in fantasy football this week.
  3. The Braves clinched the two seed in the playoffs.
  4. My reading mojo seems to have returned.
  5. The weather has been nice and cool.
  6. Random call from my daughter Thursday morning.
  7. Kentucky football is back. They lost, but they’re back.
  8. Limited contact with toxic people this week.

That’s all I can think of this week.

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